Ask my top five favorite episodes of Martin and I’ll break into a cold sweat every time without fail. The rankings literally change every week, yet the 1994 Thanksgiving “Feast or Famine” episode has always fallen in the “underrated” category.
Reason being is because it’s rarely ever acknowledged in discussions I have with others when the show’s top tier, upper echelon installments are mentioned. It’s a shame, too, because a plethora of classic moments are stuffed (lame, but see what I did there?) into 22 minutes. For example:
— Those raggedy ass peas
— A Millie Jackson guest appearance as “Florine”
— The taser joke
— Martin, Tommy and Cole preparing their meal (because that’s exactly how I’d imagine myself and my best friends trying to cook Thanksgiving dinner)
— Bruh Man’s classic two minutes
— PASS THE PEAS LIKE WE USED TO DO!
Battle of the sexes competitions are normally always hilarious. When they happen to involve Martin, Gina, Tommy, Pam and Cole, however, the stakes raise a tad bit higher. Between making second and third trips back to the kitchen, between “itis” breaks and between football games, gather the family around (tomorrow) for a lighter moment guaranteed to provide laughs while creating one of the small memories of unbridled joy and togetherness the holiday was created for in the first place.
Look at me crazy when I say this if you please, but I’m thankful for (the first four seasons of) Martin. Life wouldn’t be the same without it.